Alice Springs certainly knows how to put on a good show! Check out the range of events below. During event periods we suggest pre-booking your accommodation early to avoid disappointment. 

Alice Springs Beanie Festival - 23rd to 26th June 2017

The Alice Springs Beanie Festival is a must do for any beanie/hat lover. This weekend of entertainment, workshops, food stalls and crafts will have more than 4000 beanies on display. 

This annual event is held at the Araluen Art Centre and attracts thousands of visitors from all around the world. The Festival is a community- based event that began in 1997 with a ‘beanie party’, organised by Adi Dunlop. Originally the festival was run by a group of friends who volunteered to teach Aboriginal women in remote communities the art of knitting and crocheting. The beanies created were sold in town and the profits went back to the community.

These days the highly-anticipated festival has progressed into a fun event where Aboriginal and non- Aboriginal artists share their culture and exhibit together.

  • When: 23rd-26th June 2017 
  • Where: Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs
  • Cost: See www.beaniefest.org for more details

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Harts Range Races - 5th to 7th August 2017

The annual Harts Range Racecourse is back for another year of family fun! Set in the picturesque East MacDonnell ranges area, this tradition has been going for 70 years originally starting at the Harts Range Racecourse. This highly anticipated events for locals and visitors alike is also known as the ‘Harts Range Bush Sports Weekend’, ‘Harts Range Races’ and 'The NT August Picnic Races Public Holiday'. 

Guests can expect over 2 days of fun and action including Stock-horse Races, Rodeo, Gymkhana, Sports events including Running Races, Novelty Races for kids, Lizard Race, Ladies Cow Tail Toss, Tug of War and Jumping Castle for the little ones and don't forget the Saturday night dance.

Please note that there are no ATM facilities or mobile phone service. Catering will be available courtesy of the Alice Springs Branch of ICPA. No alcohol is sold over the weekend BYO only. Ice will be available for sale.

  • When: Saturday, August 5, 2017 - 09:30 to Monday, August 7, 2017 - 10:00
  • Where: Harts Range - 215km East of Alice Springs
  • Cost: Weekend Pass $30 - Per Car Camping $10

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Tatts Finke Desert Race - 8th to 11th June 2018 

Considered one of the biggest sporting events of the year, the Tatts Finke Desert Race is an off road, multi terrain race for bikes, cars, buggies and quads through desert country from Alice Springs to the small Aputula (Finke) community. 

Held each year on the Queen’s Birthday June long weekend, “Finke” has the reputation of being one of the most difficult off road courses in one of the most remote places in the world. Finke is a unique and fun experience for both competitors and spectators and is sure to get your heart racing. 

The premier racing event attracts entrants from all over Australia and the world, including world-class Australian off-road and enduro motorcycle racer, Toby Price, who has won the race five times. This iconic event spans across 3 days and involves 650 bikes & quads and 150 buggies & trophy trucks. 

  • When: Friday 8th to Monday 11th June 2018 
  • Where: Tatts Finke Desert Race Start Finish Line Precinct
  • Cost: Gate Entry $10 - $15, All Weekend Pass $50

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Alice Springs Master Games - 13th to 20th October 2018

The highly anticipated Alice Springs Master Games are returning in 2018! We look forward to seeing competitors, volunteers and spectators attend this iconic event that is the second-longest running Masters Games in the world.

Participants compete for medals in 32 sports, and there is always a fantastic entertainment lineup for opening and closing festivities to keep the whole family entertained. 

In 2018 the Alice Springs Masters Games will celebrate its 31st anniversary. The 2016 30th anniversary was a huge success with hundreds of records broken and personal bests met or exceeded. There were 3838 registered athletes and officials, and more than 500 volunteers involved in delivering 33 sports over eight days. We can't wait to see what 2018 has in stall! 

Stay tuned for more information. 

  • When: 13th-20th October 2018 
  • Where: Alice Springs
  • Cost: See www.alicespringsmastersgames.com.au for more details

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